Massive Underage Prostitution Network Uncovered By FBI, Nearly 80 Children Rescued
3:08 pm, June 26th | by Amy Tennery
A statement from the FBI explained that 104 different pimps were arrested during the broad arrest effort, which took place over three days late last week. Kevin Perkins, FBI’s crime chief, also explained to Fox News that the alleged perpetrators were part of a violent nationwide network, which targeted kids and teens from “dysfunctional” families. The alleged victims who tried to leave the ring were threatened into staying, according to Fox.
The case, of course, underscores the broad, nationwide epidemic of underage prostitution in the U.S. This particular FBI sting is part of a larger agency effort to root out sex trafficking across the country. Operation Cross Country, according to the FBI statement, has “recovered more than 2,200 children from the streets” since 2003 and led to 1,017 different convictions.
In a statement released to the public through the FBI, Ernie Allen, the president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, underscored how pervasive child trafficking remains across the country.
“Once again, thanks to decade-long FBI leadership, it is clear that child prostitution and sex trafficking do not just occur somewhere else on the other side of the world,” Allen said. “These insidious crimes are occurring in American cities and the victims are American kids.”